synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of academic in English

English Online Dictionary. What means academic‎? What does academic mean?

  • academick (obsolete)
  • acad, acad. (abbreviation)
  • Academic

From both the Medieval Latin acadēmicus and the French académique, from Latin academia, from Ancient Greek ἀκαδημικός (akadēmikós), from Ἀκαδημία (Akadēmía) or Ἀκαδήμεια (Akadḗmeia), the name of the place where Plato taught; compare academy.

  • IPA(key): /ˌækəˈdɛmɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɛmɪk

academic (comparative more academic, superlative most academic)

  1. Belonging to the school or philosophy of Plato [from late 16th century]
  2. Belonging to an academy or other higher institution of learning, or a scholarly society or organization. [from late 16th century]
  3. In particular: relating to literary, classical, or artistic studies like the humanities, rather than to technical or vocational studies like engineering or welding.
  4. Having little practical use or value, as by being overly detailed and unengaging, or by being theoretical and speculative with no practical importance. [from late 19th century]
    Coordinate terms: abstract, artificial
  5. Having a love of or aptitude for learning.
  6. (art) Conforming to set rules and traditions; conventional; formalistic. [from late 19th century]
    1. Subscribing to the architectural standards of Vitruvius.
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  7. So scholarly as to be unaware of the outside world; lacking in worldliness; inexperienced in practical matters.

academic (plural academics)

  1. (usually capitalized) A follower of Plato, a Platonist. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  2. A senior member of an academy, college, or university; a person who attends an academy; a person engaged in scholarly pursuits; one who is academic in practice. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  3. A member of the Academy; an academician. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
  4. (archaic) A student in a college.
  5. (plural only) Academic dress; academicals. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
  6. (plural only) Academic studies. [First attested in the late 20th century.]
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  • “academic”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
  • “academic”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “academic”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.


  1. academic

Borrowed from French académique, from Latin academicus.

  • IPA(key): /a.kaˈde.mik/

academic m or n (feminine singular academică, masculine plural academici, feminine and neuter plural academice)

  1. academic

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